Gender-neutral changing rooms: 'Paedophiles could access vulnerable young women', warns Julia Hartley-Brewer

Gender-neutral changing rooms: 'Paedophiles could access vulnerable young women', warns Julia Hartley-Brewer

Topshop's changing rooms are gender-neutral

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Julia Hartley-Brewer has expressed concerns about gender-neutral changing rooms as she believes it could allow paedophiles, who are not necessarily transgender, to gain access to vulnerable young people.

Topshop has removed gender-specific changing rooms after complaints were made by some transgender customers and trans feminine performance artist Travis Alabanza was told to use a male changing room at a Manchester branch of the clothing chain.

But Julia has expressed concern over the move.

She said: "What about a man who is a paedophile, or a man who is a sex attacker of young women who can pretend [to be transgender] to gain access to young women in those circumstances, where they are undressing and very vulnerable in a quiet, secluded place where there is no where they can run?

"People will be so PC. They’ll go, 'well this is a transgender woman, they’re not a risk to the girls in this changing room' but, actually, it's a paedophile.'"

Transgender woman and boxing promoter Kellie Maloney suggested that "maybe stores should have three sets of changing rooms – one for females, one for males and one for people that are going through the transition".

Julia also added: "It's not an anti-trans feeling for people to be concerned that people could exploit trans people in this way."

Maloney conceded that "some trans people are our own worst enemies because we make too much of an issue of issues, we try to claim rights that we shouldn’t really claim."

He also explained that "sometimes I would say to the shop assistant, 'you know that I’m a transgender person? Is it ok if I can use your changing room?' To be honest no one ever said no to me – including Topshop, at the time."

Listen to the full interview above

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